Studio Volunteer Training: Studio Lighting and Cameras

Studio Volunteer Training: Studio Lighting and Cameras
  • Ages: 18+
  • Total Hours: 3 (One x 3 hour session)

Take our series of FREE studio volunteer workshops and gain the skills to join the crew on existing Open Signal cable series.

Learn television production skills through our series of free Studio Volunteer workshops for Open Signal members. Each workshop focuses on one aspect of our industry-standard HD sound stages. Taking any of the workshops puts you on our studio crew volunteer list, putting your skills to work on an existing Open Signal cable series. Learn on set with our community of producers, get valuable behind-the-scenes experience and see your work on our cable channels!

This week: Studio Lighting and Cameras!

The saying, “Lights! Camera! Action!” begins with lights and camera for a reason — take this introductory workshop and find out why. Learn about Open Signal’s HD television studios' lighting and cameras. Our instructors will show you how to use floor lights, the light board (including cyclorama lights), spots and Gobos, as well as how to properly light your talent and a green screen. This workshop will also show you the basics of television cameras in both of our studios, including robotic camera operation and tips on safe operation of camera pedestals. After completion of this free workshop you will be added to a list of volunteers willing to be contacted for lighting and camera assistance for our regularly produced television series.

*** Please note: This workshop will train you on our studio equipment so you can join the crew on an existing Open Signal studio series. Completion of the full studio training series (4 sessions) will certify you to book time in the studios. Certification is dependent on one studio crew volunteer session, either on a community-led production or attending an Open Playground session. ***


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2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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For questions about your registration, please contact our Community Media Advocacy Manager, KatMeow García, via phone at (503) 288 1515 x411 or via email at katmeow [at]

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